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Doll Dyeing

So I had this BJD friend with this sad doll that I just fell in love with.  I knew they had issues bonding and I knew that baby had to be mine. I told her to let me know if she ever wanted to sell. She didn't do that but listed her anyway. (I thought we were cool, man.)  I was very lucky that the first person who wanted her stepped aside.  I thought if I lost this girl I would have a breakdown.

You see, she was very special.  She had a history.  Here's what I can gather:  she was purchased by this shady ass dude in the hobby. Everyone knows he is shady. 

So he hired a faceup artist to paint the face and give her scarring. He never explained that he wanted raised scars, not gashes in the resin.  I've seen the proof that she wrote up the agreement for this guy and the work was just GORGEOUS.

Not My Photo

He claims she damaged it. Whatever.  So apparently there were attempts from this guy to sell her with no luck and he eventually gave it away and my doll acquaintance won her.  She dyed her discolored body with leather dye. It was a rich beautiful color but had a residue I couldn't live with.

She arrived like this, rattling around in her box. She was miraculously unscathed in this final act of doll abuse. 

I removed her dye.  Out of the box: 


Done. Massive staining, yellowing. I mean, did that monster (the shady dude), leave her in the sun for months?

She looked really good even without a faceup.

And even cuter with one. (With some blushing to even out the tone.)

I had dyed another doll but I used RIT dye instead of RIT Dyemore or idye Poly.  I got some Idye Poly and gave it a shot.  Before: 

Look at that improvement!!!

So I kept going and now it's an addiction.  I mean, half the companies I want to order from don't even have a "tan" skin option and usually it's not dark enough.   Here are more makeovers:

Twigling Miningenue:

Mirodoll Hector

Nobledolls Radicelle

Just last weekend I did my Dollits Soohee:

Darker dyes come out much better than light tans.  I've done a couple of dye commissions (which were both tans) and I don't charge for them because they are just too risky. Unless it's dark, there might be some issues. But it's a real viable option if the color you want isn't available or you want to really make the doll your own.

I have a dyeing group on Facebook if you'd like to join:


  1. Oh, wow, these turned out amazing! What transformations for all of these lovelies!

    1. No doll is safe from the dye pot! Thank you for your support as always Phyllis!


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